Coldcut were the sound of the fashionable late-90's, when 'Let Us Play' invaded the CD rack of everyone with a pair of Evisu Jeans and a Carhart hoodie. But producers Jonathan More and Matt Black shouldn't be dismissed as a pair of knob-twiddling hipsters: they've always had an agenda. Coldcut's cut-and-paste style is more than fancy DJ-ing: the two believe that the world can be explored through play.
More and Black first proper release was 1987's 'Hey Kids, What Time Is It?' Only 5000 copies were made and the records were sold as US imports under the name DJ Coldcut to avoid having to pay for sample credits. In 1991 they set up their record label Ninja Tune, which became a by-word for breaks-based cool throughout the decade. Their celebrated addition to the Journey's By DJ series came out in 1995, followed by 'Let Us Play' in 1997.
"About 25 years ago when I was at college, I was in a band called the Jazz Insects, and we sent a copy of our first single to John. Now, we'd heard it was possible to speak to John on the phone if you called Radio 1, and after a few unsuccessful tries we actually managed to speak to him. He had a very cool manner, and I dried up immediately, but he did play our record that night and we received a helpful £50 royalty cheque. Little did I know that years later I'd be doing a session on the same show."
- Matt Black, Coldcut